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Jega bows out, hands over to Wali

Jega bows out, hands over to Wali
June 30
12:16 2015

Attahiru Jega has handed over the chairmanship of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to Mohammed Wali, a national commissioner of the electoral body from the north-west.

Jega handed over to Wali at the INEC headquarters in Abuja.

Six other national commissioners also ended their tenure. They are: M.K. Hammanga, Adamawa state, (northeast); Ishmael Igbani, Rivers state, (south south); Lai Olurode, Osun state, (south west); Gladys Nwafor, Abia state, (south east); Thelma Iremiren, Delta state, (south south); and Nuru Yakubu, Yobe state, (north east).

While his five-year tenure lasted, Jega conducted two general elections in 2011 and 2015 and the elections were adjudged to be better than some of the previous ones.


Last week, Jega, a former vice-chancellor of the Bayero University Kano (BUK) and a former president of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), said he would be returning to the classroom after leaving INEC.

The tenure of the new acting chairman will end on August 11, 2015.

An indigene of Sokoto state, Wali obtained his first degree from Usman Danfodiyo University, Sokoto and an MBA from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaira.


Former president Olusegun Obasanjo appointed him minister for the national planning commission (NPC) and later deputy chairman in 2007.

He has also served as Nigeria’s ambassador to Morocco.

1 Comment

  1. mimiowo
    mimiowo June 30, 16:42

    Jega shld go

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